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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Secondhand Smoke... [6/21/05]

Some posts from the blogosphere that might be of interest to Fumare readers:

- Will over at Thoughts from the Right (via Rick Lugari) highlights some glad tidings from Rome: Pope Benedict will return to more traditional papal liturgies in St. Peter's Basilica.

- The Supreme Court Nominations Blog, which may be unripe if Arlen Specter is right for once, has an interesting survey of the influence of Chief Justice Rhenquist's vote (though by far not the only yardstick of influence when it comes to a chief justice) over the last few Supreme Court terms.

- [Via Ignatius Insight Scoop] Have you heard about 26-year-old UD grad Susan (Rollins) Torres? On May 7th, the day before Mothers' Day, Susan collapsed. She was rushed to the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where she has been diagnosed with stage four melanoma and is brain dead with no hope of recovery. Susan was 17 weeks pregnant with her second child at the time, and although the doctors have given her no hope of survival, they are fighting to keep her unborn child alive until at least July 11 where he or she will have a viable chance at continued life. The sacrifices her husband (also a UD grad) and family are making to keep her on life-support for the next several weeks is taking an incredible toll, financial, emotionally, and in other ways. Please keep Susan and her family in your prayers, and if you're a position to do so consider donating to the Susan Torres fund, which hopes to offset the enormous cost of ongoing life support. (UPDATE: If you have Flash installed and decent connection, click here to see an uplifting and wrenching presentation from USA Today, one of the very few MSM outlets to cover this story. Includes viability graphic, video clips of Jason Torres, and more.)

- Tom Goldstein (SCOTUSblog) has provided a thoroughly peer-reviewed, rock-solid theory on the outcome of the two Ten Commandments cases about to be released by the Supreme Court. Okay, I'm kidding, but he does provide an interesting hypothesis regarding their possible outcome. If he's right, here's a not-so-subtle early congrats to a certain member of our merry band who may or may not have collaborated with St. Raymond of Penyafort to lend his talents to the circuit court's dissent in McCreary County v. ACLU. Information about both cases is below: